Children light up first night of meeting
    November 9 2010 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

    GREENSBORO — More than 250 children and staff from Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) impressed messengers at the Baptist State Convention annual meeting with a colorful presentation about “growing hope.”

    Their presentation Nov. 8 started with a video thanking North Carolina Baptists “for keeping the love story alive.”

    Baptists rose to their feet and applauded as children and adults streamed into the meeting room from the back and front. Dressed in varying shades of green, children and staff entered the meeting room carrying flowers and butterflies.

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Young ladies at the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina enter the meeting hall Nov. 8 for the BCH report to messengers of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

    A young lady began singing and everyone joined in the chorus.

    “I would like to thank Dr. Blackwell and all North Carolina Baptists for plenty of food and my own bedroom,” said a 15-year-old young man who lives at Broyhill. He came to BCH at age 12 weighing 32 pounds. He had never been in school.

    Paulina, who was featured this year in a BCH article in the Biblical Recorder, talked of her abusive father. “At BCH, I have a refuge where I am safe and loved,” she said.

    Michelle, 10, shared that she was failing school before she came to live at the BCH. Now, she’s on the honor roll.

    Jim Dyer, placed at Kennedy Home at age 8, left at age 16 shared that “Kennedy Home will always be my earthly home.” He told messengers, “You made an eternal difference in my life.”

    Ed Yount, Baptist State Convention president, introduced the BCH presentation, highlighting the “helping hurting children, healing broken homes” theme. Yount introduced Michael Blackwell, BCH president since 1983.

    Blackwell met Dyer, the Thanksgiving offering poster child in 1955, the first week he was at BCH. He held up the youngest resident, Alex, who lives at Care House with his mother.

    “We have been around for a long time,” said Blackwell, referring to BCH’s 125-year anniversary which will be celebrated Thursday in Thomasville.

    He called the Thanksgiving offering the “umbilical cord of support.”

    Blackwell predicted another tough financial year next year and encouraged churches to pray and receive an offering to support BCH’s ministries in 18 North Carolina communities. 

    Cloth squares painted and sewn with messages of hope from individuals and churches were sewn into three tapestries and lined the walls of the meeting hall and exhibit hall. About 6,200 one-foot-square cloths decorated the halls.

    Other BSC news
    Music for the first night was provided by North Carolina Baptist singers and orchestra.

    Milton Hollifield, BSC executive director-treasurer, declared his commitment to moving the convention to a 50-50 Cooperative Program split if churches increase giving (story to come).

    Messengers voted to hold a two-day annual meeting next year and to limit debate on all matters by requiring that each speech be no more than three minutes.
    11/9/2010 4:05:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments

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